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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 12:40 GMT
London 2012 venue: Olympic zone
An aerial view of London's planned Olympic Park for 2012

London's plans to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics centre on the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley around Stratford in the east of the city.

The key venues would all be located in a 500-acre Olympic precinct to be set in 1,500 acres of parkland stretching from Hackney Marshes to the River Thames.

London's bid team say the Olympic Park will be served by 10 train lines, including 'Olympic Javelin' bullet trains providing a link to the city centre in seven minutes.


Proposed venues and locations:

  • An 80,000-seater Olympic stadium at Marshgate Lane in the heart of the Olympic precinct in Stratford to stage the athletics and opening/closing ceremonies.

    It would be made into a 25,000-seater athletics stadium after the games, with a sports training, science and medicine centre.

  • A 20,000-seater aquatic centre - to be built regardless of the outcome of the bid - at Carpenters Road.

    It will contain two 50m swimming pools and a 25m diving pool, staging swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, the water polo finals and the modern pentathlon swimming.

  • A velodrome and BMX track located at the Eastway Sports Centre alongside the existing Eastway cycling circuit for track and BMX cycling. Each would accommodate 6,000 spectators.

  • A multi-sport complex comprising four indoor sports arenas located at Hackney Wick on the site of the former Hackney Greyhound Stadium to stage basketball, fencing, handball, volleyball and modern pentathlon events.

  • A hockey complex comprising two competition stadiums and one warm-up pitch located alongside the Olympic Village site.

  • An Olympic Park tennis complex for training purposes and Paralympic events.

  • An Olympic Village accommodating 17,000 beds will be located next to Stratford International Rail Terminal and would become housing after the Games.

  • A media complex less than five minutes' drive from the Olympic stadium, comprising a 65,000 square-metre single-storey International Broadcast Centre and a 45,000 square-metre two-storey Main Press Centre.

    Lower Lea Valley - an aerial view

    To the south of the Olympic Park Zone would be another cluster of venues on both sides of the River Thames.

    These include the much-maligned Millennium Dome, which will be used for artistic gymnastics, trampolining and basketball.

    A giant park, potentially one of the biggest in Europe, would link the two zones.

    The plans are designed to fit in with the International Olympic Committee's ideal of a compact Games, with more than half of the events within a 15-minute drive of the Olympic village, itself just three miles from the heart of the capital.

    "The layout of venues has been designed to meet the requirements of the athletes during the Games as well as the long-term needs of London communities post-Games," said London 2012 chief executive Keith Mills.

    "We're also committed to a legacy that will ensure that no venues are built without a clear plan for their post-Olympic use. There will be no white elephants at the London Games. We'll build what we need, and no more."

    Four London boroughs are directly affected by this part of the Olympic plans - Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.





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